Mark Baker on 1 May 2008 06:50:09 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] server problem

I would recommend using the HP Lights out interface (if the server has 
one) to check the error logs that the hardware is creating.  The HP 
tools such as the hpasmcli and hpacucli commands should point you in the 
right direction.  Have you booted into knoppix or another live-cd distro 
to see if the problem persists?


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Eric []
> Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 4:46 PM
> To: Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List
> Subject: [PLUG] server problem
> I'm curious if someone on this list has some insight into this 
> One of my clients has a Compaq ProLiant 6400R server (ancient - quad 
550 MHZ
> Xeon P3 processors) that suddenly started having hardware crashes.  It 
runs for
> about 10 minutes then suddenly a black screen.  Immediate reboot does 
not help
> but If I let it sit for 10 minutes I can reboot it - for about 5 
> It's OS agnostic... Windows, Knoppix, it does not care.
> I'm convinced that something is heating up and causing the failure but 
I have no
> idea what.  All the fans work.
> Curiously, when the server crashes it appears that it starts to reboot 
> drive light starts blinking).  Also, the bus appears to be reset about 
every 5
> or 10 seconds.  It's as though the system starts to boot and then 
> resets the bus and it starts all over.
> I've removed and re-installed the power supplies, removed the fax card 
> removed every processor and associated power supply card looking for 
signs of
> trouble... nothing.
> Anybody have any thoughts about how to troubleshoot this further?
> Alternatively, does anyone know any experts that might be available to 
fix this?
>    I suppose I could call HP but this is so far out of warranty that 
> guessing they'd just laugh at me.
> Eric
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